Can you make beans on toast correctly? Heinz publish step-by-step guide after Brits keep bungling classic dish

20 October 2023, 08:57

Heinz publishes guide on the perfect beans on toast
Heinz publishes guide on the perfect beans on toast. Picture: Alamy

By StephenRigley

Heinz has published a step-by-step guide for making baked beans on toast after Brits keep bungling the classic meal.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

But Heinz says that many Brits have been storing, cooking and serving up their beans incorrectly so have now revealed the perfect recipe.

Almost half of Brits - 43 per cent - eat baked beans at least once a week and beans on toast has been a staple in the diet of generations of students.

Beans on toast
Beans on toast. Picture: Alamy

Read More: Petrol fuels inflation as it remains unchanged at 6.7% in September - but food prices drop for first time in two years

Read more: Tory by-election candidate suggested families using food banks should 'f*** off' if they could afford TVs and phones

Heinz has enlisted etiquette expert William Hanson to explain how to eat beans on toast in a "quintessentially British manner".

Diners should store their Heinz can upside down at around 18°C and shake it for five seconds before opening to ensure an "even beans to sauce distribution".

The beans should be warmed on the hob in a stainless steel pan, which Heinz says helps to preserve their "iconic taste", for three to four minutes while stirring constantly.

It warns: "Never boil your Heinz beans. This can cause the sauce to split, potentially ruining the colour and flavour."

Two slices of white farmhouse loaf bread should be toasted, placed on a plate and have unsalted butter spread evenly up to the crust. The beans - heated to 64°C for the ideal instant eating temperature - are then poured over the beans.

Mr Hanson advises: "Don't drown your toast with beans. This is not your local lido."

He goes on: "A good butter, unsalted of course because we're not heathens, will ensure it keeps its crisp crunch."

Stressing the importance of following the official recipe to the letter, Mr Hanson says: "The only way to eat your beans is in a quintessentially British manner.

"Consulting Heinz, the expert voice on baked beans, on proper etiquette will ensure British households can eat this simple yet heritage dish in the way it was supposed to be enjoyed. Your dinner guests will thank me.'Of course, when it comes to beans it has to be Heinz."

A Heinz spokesperson said: "Beans on toast are a cornerstone of British cuisine but people still get it wrong or are unsure how to make it.

"Heinz has put together the optimum way to prepare the classic, putting processes to the test so people can enjoy the classic at home.'Our simple instructions will guarantee tasty results."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Nepal Same Sex Marriage

Nepalese couple vow to continue campaigning after same-sex marriage recognised

Susan Hall maintained her wallet was stolen

Good Samaritan who returned Susan Hall's 'stolen' wallet says he thinks Tory London mayor candidate dropped it

Aslef union has promised rolling strikes between 1 and 9 December

Will your train journey be affected over the Christmas period? December strikes explained

King Charles warned Cop28 that the 'hope of the world' rested on the Dubai summit's shoulders today

'Hope of the world' rests on Dubai climate summit, King Charles tells Cop28

A Met Police officer tasered a 10-year-old girl

Father of girl, 10, tasered by police says officer's actions are a 'green light to go around tasering anybody'

Dozens of schools have been forced to close amid the snowfall

Dozens of UK schools forced to close as Brits wake up to snow - see the full list

Japan US Osprey Crash

Japan voices concern about US military using Osprey aircraft after fatal crash

Thousands of families face being kicked out of their homes ahead of Christmas

'It's about not having anywhere for my kids to sleep': 12,500 families face eviction by Christmas

Engineers were called to the scene after an overhead cable failing left 700 passengers without power or working toilets.

‘Inhumane’ conditions as Eurostar passengers stranded for eight hours without toilets or power

Israel Palestinians

Israeli jets hit Gaza targets after week-long truce expires

Snow has blanketed parts of the UK and more is set to fall today

UK snow latest: Cold health alerts issued as snow blankets parts of UK

Snow has fallen in areas around the UK after one of the coldest Novembers in years. Credit: Alamy

Health alerts issued and elderly people told to 'wear more layers' as South-east England sees earliest winter snow in 15 years

Safina Namukwaya has given birth to twins aged 70

Seventy-year-old woman gives birth to twins, but says the father has abandoned her

Israel Palestinians

Israel resumes strikes in Gaza Strip as truce with Hamas expires

Jeremy Clarkson has broken his silence after it emerged that he, James May and Richard Hammond were set to leave the Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson breaks silence with good news despite leaving Grand Tour alongside Richard Hammond and James May

Police clashed with Legia Warsaw fans on Thursday night

Police officer set on fire and three more hurt after Polish football fans unleash 'planned violence' at Aston Villa game